The Robot is Back!

Our competition robot is back! In the early morning hours on March 30, our robot reappeared in front of our school. Though we are exultant to have our robot back, three parts were missing: the robot processing unit (RoboRIO), a Raspberry Pi (for processing aiming data from the camera), and the radio.

Working on Robot

Alicia, our electronics lead, and her team have inspected the wiring and found nothing else out of place.

We have repaired and rebagged the robot as it was at the end of the last competition. During the 6-hour unbagging period, we will make further repairs (replacing the bent axle, etc.).

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Big Win in Oregon, then Club’s Robot Stolen

Tahoma Robotics Club, Bear Metal, won big at the FIRST robotics competition in Philomath, Oregon, March 25th and 26th. Now the team advances to the district competition two weeks from now in Portland, Oregon. In the meantime, the team will compete at another event in Auburn on April 1st and 2nd.


This year’s game, “Stronghold”, has a medieval theme. Robots attack their opponent’s castle, throwing boulders, traversing rough terrain, crossing drawbridges, and lifting gates. Teams are assigned to alliances of three, and each match pits two alliances against each other, with a total of six robots on the field.

In the qualification rounds, Bear Metal won its first match. Problems arose, though, in the following matches, and we had to solve mechanical and software problems in the brief intervals between matches. Overcoming these hurdles, we rose to 3rd place by the end of the qualification rounds.
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